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How Writing Sweet Romances Helped Me Write Erotica by Tara Sue Me

9780451466228_large_The_SubmissiveIt was a given that I’d write romance. Though I didn’t start reading the genre until college, once I started, I was hooked. But though I read all types, I initially decided to write sweet romances.

There’s a fine line in writing fade-to-blacks. You have to show the intimacy between two characters without showing them being intimate. Compare that to a more erotic romance where the challenge is to make the intimacy believable without relying on the physical alone. Writing one type you learn the power of the implied. With the other you learn to control the explicit.

Though it might seem strange to go from closing the bedroom door to penning a BDSM romance, I found the transition to be easier than I thought it would be. When it comes down to it, the story should always focus on the two characters involved, not what they do in the bedroom. And while the bedroom details can certainly add to the plot, they shouldn’t overpower it. I’ve learned that sometimes a well placed whisper of breath along an exposed neck is more powerful than detailed make out session.



About The Submissive

Abby King has a secret fantasy,
and it’s about to come true.

Abby King has a secret fantasy.

New York knows Nathaniel West as the brilliant and handsome CEO of West Industries, but Abby knows he’s more: a sexy and skilled dominant who is looking for a new submissive. Yearning to experience a world of pleasure beyond her simple life as a librarian, Abby offers herself to Nathaniel, to fulfill her most hidden desires.

After only one weekend with the Master, Abby knows she needs more, and fully submits to Nathaniel’s terms. But despite the pleasure he takes in Abby’s willing spirit, the Nathaniel hidden behind the rules remains cold and distant.

As Abby falls deeper into his tantalizing world of power and passion, she fears that Nathaniel’s heart may be beyond her reach—and that her own might be beyond saving…

Read a sample

About the author

Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.

After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.

Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her family, two dogs, and a cat.

Visit her web site at www.tarasueme.com



  1. Donna _A says:

    Thanks for introducing me to this new to me author. Have added this book to my wish list.

  2. Monica V. says:

    I’d love to read The Submissive. Sounds steamy!

  3. Armenia says:

    I love it! Your description of the challenge of writing sweet romance and erotica is absolutely correct. When you wrote, “Writing one type you learn the power of the implied. With the other you learn to control the explicit.”

    I love my romance to be steamy, sexy but sometimes will find books that overwhelm me with gratuitous love scenes that don’t fit the story. This leaves me scratching my head thinking, “geesh, they’re at it again. Get back to the story already.”

    But then I’ll read a story where the two kiss, mention of sex and then they had coffee in the morning. As an avid reader, this certainly leaves me frustrated and wanting more.

    Congratulations on your release. Certainly good reviews on Amazon. I am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

  4. Michelle says:

    You are so right! The build up and intimacy from smoldering looks to glancing touches are where it’s at! Of course, I’d settle for my hubby just doing the dishes…… So sad ;)

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